Will Vikings' Floki Commit a Deadly Betrayal? Gustaf Skarsgård Previews 'Jaw-Dropping' Finale

Vikings Gustaf SkarsgardHaving been born in Stockholm, Sweden, Gustaf Skarsgård was especially excited to wind up as one of History’s Vikings, playing the enigmatic Floki.

“I’ve always been interested in the Vikings — that’s like part of my own history,” the actor shares with TVLine. “But having said that, there is a lot that I have learned through the show that I didn’t [learn in school]. About cultural things, rituals, how advanced they were with boat building, and what a highly civilized, in their own way, society they had.”

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Amongst Vikings’ more traditionally rough-and-tumble warriors, Floki is “kind of an odd bird,” Skarsgård acknowledges — thus affording his portrayer opportunity to conjure a colorful, vivid character. Assaying that which he has brought to the role, the actor says, “When you accept a part like this, the first couple of scripts represent like a ‘sketch’ from [series creator] Michael Hirst’s perspective, of who the character would be. And then I had to come up with a way to speak and a way to move… my own interpretation of the role.”

Hirst, in turn, took a cue from what he saw Skarsgård doing, and married the two, creating a one-of-a-kind shipbuilder-slash-trickster. “Michael sees my work and then is inspired to write more in that direction,” Skarsgård notes. “It’s like a cross-breeding situation between the writer and the actor.”

Watch a sneak peek from Thursday’s finale, then read on for more:

Heading into the Season 2 finale (airing Thursday at 10/9c), Floki is perhaps as difficult to get a read on as ever. In recent weeks — and all as he tries to process impending fatherhood (see clip above) — there have been hints at a falling out between Floki and Kattegat’s Earl Ragnar (played by Travis Fimmel). The seemingly fractured friendship comes at a dire time, as Ragnar deftly chooses allies Vikings Ragnar Flokiand keeps a close eye on King Horik (Donal Logue), who just last week baited Floki with a “proposition.”

Surveying the gents’ bond up until now, Skarsgård says, “Ragnar’s always been crucial to Floki, because he believed in him and came to him to build his boats [in the series pilot]. Ragnar is, like, this popular guy and Floki’s the weirdo, the one friend that Floki had.” Floki’s initial allegiance, meanwhile, was born of a certain sort of reverence. “Floki believes in Ragnar in a divine way — not that he would be a god, but that he was fated to do great things,” Skarsgård offers.

So what, then, is the root of the professed estrangement between Floki and his Earl? And will the former take Horik up on his offer and keep Ragnar from doing any more “great things?” Skarsgård gently rebuffs the inquiry, saying it’d be “very hard” to discuss Floki’s mindset without revealing too much. But this much can be revealed from a screening of the episode: To demonstrate his loyalty to Horik, someone “significant” will die at Floki’s hand.

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Teasing the finale as a whole,  Skarsgård is a bit more forthcoming. “Let’s just say that s–t’s about go down,” he promises. And towards the hour’s end, “There will be a consecutive five minutes of viewers dropping their jaws, definitely.”

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33 Comments
  1. Spoiler Junkie says:

    I have a very bad feeling that Bjorns’s girlfriend Thorrun will die at Floki’s hand. Remember in the previous episode, Ragnar was telling Bjorn that he (Ragnar) was told by the seer that Bjorn would marry a princess. Thorrun is no princess, in fact she only recently became a free woman.

    • swanpride says:

      Pay attention. The Seer said that one of Ragnar’s son will marry a princess and another one will sail around the sea. Bjorn will do either, but not both. As long as he sails around the sea with no tides, he can marry whoever he wants. (Plus, it would be stupid to kill of a characters we barely know, there are no emotional stakes in it).

    • Emily says:

      Well keep in mind that just because Bjorn marries Thorrun doesn’t mean he won’t also marry a princess. After all, Ragnar married two women.
      (But I do admit I was getting a bad feeling about Thorrun’s future after the last episode as well.)

    • Richard says:

      I believe King Horik will die, that next season will be a war between the earls as to who will be King of the Earls, Remember the Seer said Ragnar will be great among his people, as he is a descendant of the God Odin. I hope Athelstan does not Die, he is a balance in the show. I would like to see Ragnar get back with his first wife. This new one acts as if she is above everybody. I would like to see Ragnars son Bjorn take over earl of his mother if she returns to Ragnar. That would make for some interesting TV.

      • Lisa says:

        I saw Donal Logue on a new episode of Law & Order last night and that’s when I had the idea that King Horik was going to die. Now I think it totally makes sense as to why all of a sudden Floki turned on Ragnar! I believe that Floki is getting close to King Horik for Ragnar to find out what the King is up to. Remember now, Floki told Siggy he couldn’t keep a secret hehehe But then again I think Floki can keep a secret… If you know what I mean ;-)
        Love your thoughts and ideas for Season 3. I’d really like to see Lagertha and Ragnar get back together even though I saw another side of Auslag in episode 9 that got me to care for her.
        Siggy needs to die too but I won’t get into that.

  2. IMHO says:

    I had not realized until now that Gustaf Skarsgard ( Loki ) was Alexander Skarsgard’s brother .( Eric on True Blood )
    I like both shows.

  3. s3 says:

    this turn by floki has come out of nowhere. all of a sudden he’s Ragnar enemy

    • Ally Oop says:

      I know. It doesn’t sit well with me at all but I’m not sure what to make of it. Floki isn’t the Judas type. He does things because he believes it’s what the gods want not what works best for him. I hope Floki is still loyal to Ragnar. He’s a really interesting character and if he’s Ragnar’s enemy I don’t think he’s long for this world. I think Floki will kill Ragnar’s Wife, Princess Aslut. At least that’s what I hope. I could really do without her.

      • Dav says:

        It does feel a bit forced to me but your description of Floki is kind of also the explanation as to why he might go against Ragnar. Floki has always listened to the gods and feels very strongly about them. He thought that Ragnar was blessed by Odin and had a special purpose but suddenly Ragnar is best friends with a priest of another faith and seems to be more interested in grabbing power for himself than going on special missions for the gods. Floki may feel he has put his faith in the wrong man and is a bit angry that Ragnar seems to be losing his way.

    • CBWBDK1 says:

      Indeed. It feels really forced. He’s Ragnar’s best friend and now it looks like he will become his enemy. He’s one of the best characters in the show, but they are turning him into a jealous backstabbing naive fool.

  4. He’s learned a lot of lies. There are no facts on this show.

    Also, Floki is done. Over. His comedic effect has worn off.

  5. Sptaz99 says:

    This, in my opinion, is a huge end run by Floki. He will be the one to kill King Horik and stay loyal to Ragnar.

  6. Bryan says:

    Maybe Ragnar has set Floki up as a spy to monitor Horik since there are hints throughout Season 2 that Ragnar does not trust Horik.

  7. christine says:

    I wish he would kill Aslaug or Aslaug….however it is spelled. She is a snooze.

  8. I can’t imagine Floki being sabotaged by the writers since Gustaf Skarsgard is datiing creator Michael Hirst’s daughter, who plays Helga. Hopefully, the story arc is resolved positively for him. That is, unless Gustaf Skarsgard is planning on leaving for other projects.

    • Kaliandra says:

      What do you mean? Are you saying there’s an off screen relationship?? I don’t think so, as I think Gustag has a gf already

  9. Liza says:

    I am afraid he is going to kill Rollo. Did anyone else see that preview where he was feeding Rollo something? I actually hoping that Floki is faking all this and is just spying on Horik and is still loyal to Ragnar.

  10. The Beach says:

    Just don’t kill Rollo or Bjorn. Every show deserves some eye candy.

  11. John says:

    Rollo will die. Floki has wanted him dead since the opener and Rollo is too strong. He is weak and vulnerable now.

  12. John says:

    What preview?

  13. M3rc Nate says:

    SPOILERS OF FINALE:

    Well….no one died that was presumed to die in this comment section. It was a pretty safe finale but i liked it…i like that the King died and everyone we love is still alive and loyal…the ending was VERY interesting! Is it a jump forward in time? (years?)…is Ragnar King?

    I am still holding out for Lagertha and Ragnar to get back together some how…thought they were a badass awesome in love couple….NEVER LET THE SON LIVE! lol…BIG mistake…you just killed his dad and his sisters/mother…and hes also the heir to the throne…of course you kill him.

    Overall, a solid safe A rating IMO.

    • Mrs. Cleaver says:

      Did they kill the mother & sisters? I thought Bjorn told them to split when he walked in and saw all of Horik’s younger sons dead. A bunch of women ran past him, so I assumed those were the sisters and the mother.
      Agree that all we love are safe and still loyal – Viking Oscar goes to my fav … Floki!

  14. LuLu says:

    Good finale but extremely predictable.

  15. Karie says:

    Loved the finale! Spoiler Alert!

    When Ragnar bowed in prayer, lines of the Lord’s prayer was omitted, if I heard correctly and remember the prayer correctly:

    Our Father who art in Heaven, Hallowed be thy name
    Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven
    Give us this day, our daily bread.
    And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.
    And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil
    For thine is the Kingdom, the power and the glory
    Forever and ever.
    Amen

    Happy to see Floki stay loyal, and for Ziggy not to betray for power. I enjoy ALL the characters as they so clearly depict human nature-the worst of it-the best of it. We are human and not perfect, yet there are character traits-integrity, faithfulness, love, and loyalty-that raise of us above our base and often dark aspects of our human nature.

    As a Norwegian descendent whose great great grandparents immigrated to America150 years ago, I am really enjoying this show. Would like to see them prepare and eat some Lefsa-remember my mother and grandmother preparing it and eating it up as a child-helped them in the preparation and it would take all day-lot’s of work peeling, boiling and then ricing the potatoes, mixing the fright amount of flour and eggs, forming into balls and rolling each ball to the exact right thickness and size and then watching the griddle carefully to get the timing exactly right-knowing when to and how to turn them took patience and a keen eye and stacking as did them at the right temperature so they did not stick.

    • Kathy says:

      I too loved the finale!

      Just to add a bit of information, “The Priest” would have not taught Ragnar your version of the Lord’s Prayer beacuse the doxology you speak of is not part of the Lord’ Prayer as found in the critical editions of the Bible, that is editions that take into account the best manuscripts and the relationship between them. It is thought that it was slipped into the text because of the fact that it did, in fact, follow the Lord’s Prayer in the Liturgy.

      Your version is following the Protestant Revolt in the 1800’s. The manuscripts used to do Protestant translations contained the doxology and that is why they adopted it as part of the Lord’s Prayer.

  16. shiro joey says:

    first I hate that princess…….Ragnar made a bad decision and pliz don’t break floki n ragnar

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